At Bee Week 2012, The E.W. Scripps Company announced it was exploring the possibility of adding an international spelling bee as a complement to its iconic Scripps National Spelling Bee. While Bee officials have been impressed by interest in the concept and in English-language education around the globe, there are no immediate plans to initiate an international spelling bee event.

Scripps, which is synonymous with "spelling bee" in many corners of the globe, has sponsored the Scripps National Spelling Bee for eight decades. And since 1976, the Bee has included competitors from outside the United States. This year, spellers from five non-U.S. countries will participate in the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee: the Bahamas, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan and Korea. Additional participants are from Department of Defense Schools in Europe and the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.